A controversial charter school teacher is back in the news, and one organization says it should send a red flag to parents everywhere.
Kaelin Swaney has been named "Teacher of the Year" by the California Charter Schools Association. Swaney is the kindergarten teacher at Rocklin Academy Gateway who made headlines last year when she read a book about a transgender child to her students before one of them left the class, changed clothing, then returned as part of an effort to reveal that student's "true gender."
"We are really very proud of Kaelin," says Robin Stout, executive director of Rocklin Academy Family of Schools told The Sacramento Bee. "She is an outstanding teacher – always putting kids first."
"Anything that directs children to thinking about their biology is essentially sex or gender education. Parents should have been informed [about this book reading] – it never should have happened."
"Parents need to show up at every school board meeting. They need to stay on top of this and not simply monitor and stop these kinds of practices. But it's really time for us to roll back these so-called 'nondiscrimination' policies on sexual orientation and gender identity."
Linda Harvey, president
Brad Dacus, president of California-based Pacific Justice Institute, sees things differently. He says that Swaney "chose to put one gender-confused boy's interest" above the rest of her class and their parents.
"This should be a red flag to parents who are thinking about putting their children in charter schools," Dacus said Tuesday on American Family Radio. "When parents put their children in a charter school, they really need to investigate that charter school because....She irresponsibly – without any parental notice, no parental consent, to a group of kindergartners – read a book promoting a child changing genders and then had a child leave the classroom and come back dressed as a girl."
Shortly after the incident was discussed at a school board meeting, two parents of children in that class spoke with Fox News about how their children were upset by the pro-transgender lesson.
Pacific Justice Institute offers opt-out forms for concerned parents who do not want their child to participate in these and other activities. "It applies to all 50 states, charter school or public school," said Dacus.
Meanwhile, the teacher in Rocklin stands by her actions, saying she was given the books by a student reportedly going through a transition.
OneNewsNow reported in October that some parents were yanking their children from the school after the board refused to listen to their concerns.
4/6/2018 - Comments from Linda Harvey added.